How To Stop the Screen Time Madness

I don't think any of us start off with the goal of allowing electronic devices to rule our lives. None of us intended to be texting when our son or daughter hit a home run or shot the winning basket. We all got here somehow. Now even the young kids are on board, too. I see kids playing with their electronic devices everywhere I go. I see parents and caregivers playing/checking/reading too. My house and my life were controlled by electronic devices for a while as well. It all started about six years ago on my first son’s seventh birthday....more
Loved this. At first when I take away the electronics, my boys don't seem to know what to do ... more

8 New Ways to Use Your Blog’s Newsletter

Is your blog's newsletter stuck in a rut? Are you looking to improve your open or click-through rates? Besides using it to promote new posts on your blog, there are lots of other things you can do with a newsletter to make it engaging and valuable for readers. Remember that it's important to have a good balance of self-promotion (your posts etc.) and other information that may be of interest to your readers. This will help build your brand and build the value of your newsletter, ensuring loyal readers going forward. ...more
AWESOME ideas!!! I've been wondering about this since I just started a newsletter, thank you! more

Cute Hair: The Easiest Inside-Out "Braid" Tutorial

Lately, I have been completely obsessed with this easy "braid." I think it's because I recently cut more layers into my hair, so when I do a real braid, it doesn't last very long. That is where this technique comes in handy. Since you use a few small elastics, your hair stays in place— layers or no layers. And it's chic enough for a last-minute party style, and simple enough for an early preschool morning … or whenever, really. ...more
Adorable!! Loved seeing your beautiful profile when I opened my BlogHer newsletter! more

What If We Didn't Sexually Shame Our Daughters?

I'm from the Bible belt region of the U.S.  and I was raised in the Southern Baptist church. I had two very loving and well-meaning parents who they themselves were raised in this same environment. I'm sure that some of the memories I have of things they said to me were just random, passing thoughts they stated out loud without much thought, never thinking those words would affect me the way they did....more
Kim Court wow Kim, I can only imagine the way that experience affected you. And you are so ... more

What If We Didn't Sexually Shame Our Daughters?

I'm from the Bible belt region of the U.S.  and I was raised in the Southern Baptist church. I had two very loving and well-meaning parents who they themselves were raised in this same environment. I'm sure that some of the memories I have of things they said to me were just random, passing thoughts they stated out loud without much thought, never thinking those words would affect me the way they did....more
Parthenia Queen Thank you for your response and thoughts. I'm a huge believer in not blaming ... more

What If We Didn't Sexually Shame Our Daughters?

I'm from the Bible belt region of the U.S.  and I was raised in the Southern Baptist church. I had two very loving and well-meaning parents who they themselves were raised in this same environment. I'm sure that some of the memories I have of things they said to me were just random, passing thoughts they stated out loud without much thought, never thinking those words would affect me the way they did....more
French Robin Designs Thank you so much for your response and thoughts, I couldn't agree more. more

8 Things to Do With Your Submission If It Gets Rejected

Anyone who has been submitting writing for any length of time has most likely gotten a rejection (or just never heard back) from a site they submitted to. I've had plenty! Don't get frustrated; the universe is just telling you it belongs somewhere else (or so I tell myself). Be sure to keep track of where you have submitted things to help you manage what to do with it if you get a rejection or no response. Here are some options for your rejected posts that may end up being even better than your original submission intent! ...more
Great advice! I always submit to other sites even after a rejection. Last month an article I ... more

You Won't Remember, But I Will

You won't remember the way I stood in the bathroom late that night in labor with you, fearfully and excitedly gazing up at the moon, knowing I was going to bring you into the world soon and whispering to you, "We can do this." ...more
Thank you so much, I'm happy to hear you could relate to this!! Your comment means a lot to me. more

Which Is Worse: Post-Pregnancy Hair Loss or the Weird Way It Grows Back?

First of all, thank you so much for not saying anything about my hair. Because we all know I'd prefer that it looked much better than this. Any face-to-face discussion on the topic would be awkward and cause me to touch my head self-consciously, thereby making it look even worse. (Is that possible?) But, since you are in the unfortunate position of having to look at me, I think you deserve full information. ...more
Hahahahaha <--- That is a cry laugh. Totally going through this, for the second time. It's a ... more

10 Reasons Why I Love Your Blog

Here are 10 reasons why I love your blog. ...more
Susanf thank you for noticing that! That's exactly what I was trying to do, post something ... more